Australia's top literary award, the Miles Franklin award has this year gone to crime writer, Peter Temple whose novel Truth is :
... a story about murder, deceit, police corruption and politics set amid the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria.Could Britain's top literary prize, the Man Booker prize ever go to a crime novel? asks Alison Flood in The Guardian. She talks, among others to critic John Sutherland (who feels it is unlikely) and crime novelist Ian Rankin (who feels that attitudes to crime fiction are changing.)
Temple says in the article that writing crime was just :
... an excuse to write. ... It gives a sense of urgency, of narrative drive. My characters have a reason to get up in the morning. Ian McEwan, who I think is wonderful, his characters do not really have an urgent reason to get up in the morning ...And he feels that:
There is only one judgment for the value of a book, and that is what sort of emotional response it elicits in the reader. That's down to the quality of the writing.It will certainly be interesting to see what happens when Temple's novel is submitted for the Booker this year!